Back to School, Back to Church?
There’s a running debate among church staff about whether to call it “kick-off” Sunday (in the old lingo, Rally Day), when programs start back up in a more official way in the fall. For some, it strikes a chord that says, I can take a break from my faith all summer (even attending worship) and then just rev it back up again. The reality is summer is summer. Vacations happen, camps happen, mission trips happen, and people are going in a lot of directions and consistency is hard.
I think on the one hand we embrace summer for what it is, we think differently about ministry and engaging people, but consistency in our faith is paramount. Scripture reminds us of who we are and the consistency of God’s faithfulness to us. The Psalms are filled with “the steadfast love of the Lord” that never ceases. And we are to reflect this in how we live into our relationship with God and that in turn spills over into our relationships.
In 1 Corinthians 15:58 we read, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
Just as my 1st grader was feeling some butterflies in her tummy on her first day of school, (she told me, “Mom, I’m a little nervous and a lot excited to start first grade”) so should we be a little nervous as we continue to grow and be stretched in our faith.
We have to keep moving forward, keep growing, keep reminding ourselves of the truth of scripture, of who we were created to be and how we were created to live. We can’t just take a summer off and reboot. Just like kids shouldn’t stop reading all summer long or they’d be set back for the next grade they’re entering.
The Israelites were given manna in the desert every day for a reason. They needed it every day. Just enough, not too much, a reminder that God would provide again for their needs for the next day. One day at a time. Goes against the way we want to live.
As we begin another program year – let’s kick it off with consistency for the entire year ahead. Let’s get into good rhythms of walking closely to the One whose steadfast love never fails. Let’s do this every day, remembering God will provide just what we need – not too much – not too little. When we live for the Lord and labor for the Lord, our labor is never in vain.
God bless you as you continue to “kick-off” your walk with Jesus.
KC DiNardo, Associate Pastor of Rising Generations and Connecting Ministries